Being in the UK, deciding what actually constitutes summer in our increasingly muddled weather environment is pretty darn difficult. Should we start with May? Well, if summer is the period of the year in which things were sunny and bright and lovely, then May, June and July are all out for us UK folks. Our summer never really arrived, overshadowed as it was by the constant humidity and rain. Instead of going with weather calculations, our summer will start in May, or the end of April to be precise, when the blockbuster season kicked-off in multiplexes, and plexes, across the land. Begin post-jump… Continue reading →
Following reports from IESB last week, gleaned from its interview with producer Lauren Shuler Donner, Twentieth Century Fox has confirmed that work has been started on a spin-off vehicle for Deadpool. It will indeed be produced by Donner along with Marvel.
The news means that the character, who appears in the X-Men comics on numerous occasions and appeared in the first five-ten minutes of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will get a movie all to himself with Ryan Reynolds to reprise the role he oh so briefly played in the film.
The Deadpool character in Wolverine was involved in one of the easter egg endings attached to the film. In that ending, the character stands up after having his head chopped off, picks up his decaptitated bonce and whispers “shhh” to the audience.
The Variety confirmation of the story notes that during the Marvel Comics Deadpool, who is a mercenary that, dying of cancer, submits himself to the Weapon X genetic alternation experiment and emerges as an invincible, somewhat crazy anti-hero, is referred to briefly as a mix of ‘Shar Pei and Ryan Reynolds’.
As if the Wolverine/X-Men related news can never stop, the article also confirms the plans mentioned yesterday for a Wolverine sequel involving a samurai storyline as well as a Magneto spin-off and the Josh Schwartz-penned X-Men: First Class.
If you thought there were too many comic book movies before, just you wait.
An addendum to all this, Alan Kistler on Splash Page has a guide to the five Deadpool stories to read to prepare you for the movie. I will probably follow his prescription.
Hugh Jackman is stepping on the pedal and getting himself a number of projects lined up both for starring in and producing.
Jackman’s Seed Productions is partnering with Fox on the development of a Wolverine sequel for Jackman to headline. The story would apparently focus on the samurai storyline used in the comic series and apparently hinted at during one of the easter egg endings tagged onto the current film.
In addition to this, Jackman will also be starring in Personal Security, a spec script written by Matt Lieberman, which will focus on a tough New York detective forced into performing bodyguard duties for a spoiled teen heiress. Jackman will also produce that alongside Tapestry’s Michael Schrieber.
Also noted in the Variety round-up on the goings on in the world of Jackman is Drive, a James Sallis adaptation about a man who drives race cars by day and getaway cars by night.
Along with all this, Jackman is planning to headline the long-gestated Rogers & Hammerstein adaptation Carousel and take on the lead role in Houdini on Broadway.
I promise, truly promise, this will be the last Jackman post of the week. I really do.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which we will review on our podcast this week, kicked off the summer season in style from a business standpoint, racking up an impressive $87m opening weekend. It’s the second-best opening for an X-Men movie so far, only outdone by the third instalment, X-Men: The Last Stand. Note as well that the big box-office comes on the back of terrible buzz and bad reviews in the lead up to the release.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, which many hoped would rack up a tidy sum through counter-programming against Wolverine, took $15.3m to take up the second spot.
Obsessed, the surprise box-office topper of last week, took a drop of 57 per cent to gross $12.2m and a ten-day gross of $47m, noted to be over twice its overall budget.
17 Again dropped again to fourth, taking $6.3m in its third week of release to have only $48m total, surely a disappointment in light of the success which could have been expected with Zac Efron on board.
Monsters vs Aliens retained a top five place with $5.8m, taking its total to $185m since release.
Meanwhile, The Soloist, the somewhat disappointment from last week managed to hold up quite well, taking a further $5.6m with Disneynature’s Earth documentary and Fighting, the Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard-starring, well, fighting movie, following on with $4.2m apiece.